A Tax Guide to Conservation Easements

Voluntary land conservation, resulting from increasingly alluring tax benefits, has significantly changed the face of land use in the United States and promises to have an even more significant influence in the future. There are more than 1,500...

304 pages
6 x 9
10 photos and illustrations

Energy for Sustainability by John Randolph and Gilbert M. Masters | An Island Press book
Technology, Planning, Policy

Energy for Sustainability is the first undergraduate textbook on renewable energy and energy efficiency with a unique focus on the community scale. Written by two of the foremost experts in the field, it is a pedagogically complete...

816 pages
8.25 x 10
428 photos and illustrations

Poisoned for Pennies
The Economics of Toxics and Precaution

“Cost-benefit analysis” is a term that is used so frequently we rarely stop to think about it. But relying on it can lead to some dubious conclusions, as Frank Ackerman points out in this eye-opening book. For example, some economists...

352 pages
6 x 9
7 photos and illustrations

Water War in the Klamath Basin
Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics

In the drought summer of 2001, a simmering conflict between agricultural and environmental interests in southern Oregon’s Upper Klamath Basin turned into a guerrilla war of protests, vandalism, and apocalyptic rhetoric when the federal...

280 pages
6 x 9

A Guide to Impact Fees and Housing Affordability

Arthur C. Nelson, Liza K. Bowles, Julian C. Juergensmeyer, and James C. Nicholas; Forewords by Craig Anthony Arnold and Dwight Merriam

Impact fees are one-time charges that are applied to new residential developments by local governments that are seeking funds to pay for the construction or expansion of public facilities, such as water and sewer systems, schools, libraries,...

320 pages
6 x 9
20 photos, 10 illustrations

A Better Way to Zone
Ten Principles to Create More Livable Cities

Nearly all large American cities rely on zoning to regulate land use. According to Donald L. Elliott, however, zoning often discourages the very development that bigger cities need and want. In fact, Elliott thinks that zoning has become so...

256 pages
6 x 9
53 photos and illustrations

Governance for Sustainability
Issues, Challenges, Successes

Klaus Bosselmann, Ron Engel, and Prue Taylor

This report is currently available in an electronic format only. To view the report and others published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), please visit IUCN's website.    Governance...

260 pages
6.8 x 9.5

Managing Growth in America's Communities
Second Edition

In this thoroughly revised edition of Managing Growth in America’s Communities,  readers will learn the principles that guide intelligent planning for communities of any size, grasp the major issues in successfully managing growth, and...

336 pages
6 x 9

Restoring Colorado River Ecosystems
A Troubled Sense of Immensity

Over the past century, humans have molded the Colorado River to serve their own needs, resulting in significant impacts to the river and its ecosystems. Today, many scientists, public officials, and citizens hope to restore some of the lost...

344 pages
6 x 9

The Law and Policy of Ecosystem Services

The Law and Policy of Ecosystem Services is the first comprehensive exploration of the status and future of natural capital and ecosystem services in American law and policy. The book develops a framework for thinking about ecosystem...

360 pages
6 x 9

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